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Few subjective differences between LSD and psilocybin trips, study finds

Subjects in a study had trouble telling LSD and psilocybin apart, when taken in common doses.

A new study published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology provided results from one of the first modern clinical investigations of its kind to compare the effects of psychedelic drugs lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin. Researchers recorded few qualitative subjective differences between the two drugs, as test subjects had trouble distinguishing them.

While LSD is much more potent than psilocybin and other psychedelic compounds at lower doses, comparable common doses of the two drugs caused similar effects, as participants had a tough time separating the two from one another. Nor were they able to easily distinguish between medium and higher doses.

The only thing participants were good at identifying, in fact, was which sample was the placebo.

The study was led by the University of Basel’s Matthias Liechti. Researchers observed 28 healthy participants—and about half of the participants had never even taken a psychedelic drug before.

The effects of psilocybin typically last 4-6 hours when taken orally, while LSD effects stretch out up to 12 hours or more. Before going into the data, researchers assumed that participants would be able to separate the two drug experiences fairly easily, as LSD is known to last much longer, but that wasn’t exactly the case.

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Americans are choosing marijuana over alcohol

As experts and advocates have pointed out, liquor is strongly associated with negative long-term health issues, such as deadly alcohol poisoning.

Despite marijuana still being a Schedule I drug, while alcohol is legal for adults over 21, nearly one-third of over 10 000 Americans said they think it would be ideal if people used more marijuana and less liquor, a new poll suggests.

The results of the YouGov survey also showed that 20% of those questioned think that would be a bad idea, Marijuana Moment reported.

Most respondents (38 %) agreed that it would be neither good nor bad, while 15% were undecided.

The poll also found Democrats were more likely to say that switching to marijuana from alcohol would be good (34%), compared to 18% of Republicans and 27% Independents.

Moreover, 34% of those aged 30-44 said that substitution would be good, whereas only 17% of those over 65 held the same opinion.

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Clones versus seeds: What's the best way to grow a cannabis product?

Wondering whether a clone or a seed produces the best harvest is likely not a thought that occurs to the layperson, but it’s one that cannabis producers spend significant time considering. (Click for Benzinga article)

Picking between seed and clone affects almost everything about the final cannabis product. The source of the cannabis plant affects the potency of the flower, the quantity and size of the buds, and the growth-to-maturity process, all components crucial to creating a quality cannabis product. 

Despite decades of cannabis cultivation, debate on which of the two is “the best” source remains heated. Many seed growers, for example, argue that their plants are more pest resistant and have larger buds than their clone-grown counterparts, and some clone-growers argue the exact opposite. 

On a commercial scale, the divide is smaller. The majority of cannabis producers employ clone-based cannabis production and use seeds to pick strong “mothers.”

Marijuana Company of America Inc. 

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Over a third of parents believe CBD and marijuana are the same, a new report says

Some 80% of parents say they know little to nothing about CBD products, according to a new poll by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan Health.

The term CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp, the report said. Unlike marijuana, CBD only has 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that makes people feel high.
 
Of the 7% of parents who gave or considered giving a CBD product to their child, only 29% said they talked with their child's pediatrician about using it.
Of the 1,992 parents polled nationwide, 35% thought CBD and marijuana are more or less the same thing. The parents had children who ranged from newborns to 18 years old.
"I think that people who fall into that camp would be surprised if they strolled down the aisles of their neighborhood drugstore," said Sarah Clark, co-director of the poll. She is also a research scientist in the department of pediatrics at the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation.
 
Most CBD products are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, which means that people can purchase the items off the shelf.
 
The only CBD product that's FDA-approved for children is Epidiolex, a prescription drug used to treat some forms of epilepsy, according to Dr. Jennifer Griffith, who was not involved in the study. She is an assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics in the division of pediatric neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Very little has been researched about the effects of CBD on children, but some potential benefits from anecdotal stories say it may help children reduce anxiety, pain and inflammatory diseases, to name a few, Griffith said.
 
According to the poll, 83% of parents thought that the FDA should regulate CBD products, but only 58% said it would be a very important factor in their decision-making process to give their children CBD products.
 
Some potential negative side effects may include diarrhea; fatigue, nausea or vomiting; and decreased appetite, Griffith explained.
 

Speak to your child's health provider

Adults with CBD products at home should treat them like a medication and keep it out of reach of their children, Clark said.
 
"CBD can interact with other prescription medications, in some cases significantly increasing or decreasing the level of medication in the body, which can cause its own problems," Griffith said.
 
Products such as CBD gummy bears, for example, are an easy thing for a kid to see as candy, and they may decide to eat the whole pack, Clark said.
 
If parents are considering giving their child a CBD product, Clark advised that they speak to their child's medical provider before do so.
 
In addition to learning about possible side effects and potential medication interactions, it also alerts the provider to any health issues the child is facing like anxiety, she said. The provider may be able to offer alternatives, Clark explained.
 
About three-quarters of the parents believed CBD products for children should require a doctor's prescription.
 

The bottom line

It's difficult to recommend CBD products for children when there are very few studies showing how they affect young ones, Clark said.
 
"It's not enough to just go on what the manufacturers claims are, we actually need to have some data behind that, and right now we just don't have enough," she said.
 
Griffith is also skeptical of allowing children to use CBD products due to the potential negative side effects kids may face.
"I don't recommend CBD for any condition other than epilepsy because I know that CBD has real risks, and I don't have any evidence of proven benefit," she advised.
 
Griffith also recommended parents and caregivers check the FDA warning list to make sure the CBD product or company isn't on there. The list is a collection of Warning Letters to manufacturers that the FDA says seriously violated FDA regulations. It outlines the violation along with a timeline of when it needs to be fixed.
 
 
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‘Lady Buds’ cannabis documentary inspires two new projects

Keep an eye out for a scripted feature adaptation and a non-scripted series spinoff of the documentary, ‘Lady Buds.’

Lady Buds is a 2021 film that looks deep into the lives of six diverse women in the cannabis industry, and the victories and challenges they have endured as entrepreneurs and members of the community. On February 23, it was announced on Deadline that Lady Buds’ success has inspired two more film projects.

The first project is being produced by Hellcat as a cannabis-related comedy feature, which has been compared to the 2011 film Bridesmaids. Hellcat was founded in 2020 by Pippa Lambert, whose resume also includes roles at Endeavor Content, WME, ICM Partners, and more.

“Women may not be the face of cannabis, but they’ve always been the backbone of the culture. Before legalization, 36 percent of leadership roles in the industry were held by women, and that number is now 22 percent,” Lambert said of the project.

“These growers are as dynamic as they are diverse, and they’re truly inspiring. I’m thrilled to be bringing their story, a true and still unfolding David and Goliath tale for our times, to life on the big screen.”

The second project is a non-scripted cannabis series helmed by Wally Eltawashy for Yoruba Media Labs. This particular project focuses on one of Lady Buds’ featured women, Sue Taylor aka “Mama Sue,” in her daily life as a cannabis business owner, providing cannabis access to seniors and promoting her wellness groups.

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NCAA announces more lenient policies for cannabis use among college athletes

These new policies are the latest in a wave of changes the NCAA has made since the 2020-21 academic and athletic seasons.

The NCAA is loosening its policies as they pertain to THC levels and positive marijuana tests for student-athletes, according to a statement the organization released on Friday.

The current amount of allowable THC has been 35 nanograms per milliliter. Effective immediately, that will be raised to 150 nanograms per milliliter, per the release.

An NCAA student-athlete may test positive for marijuana three times and not lose eligibility. Though if a student-athlete tests positive, the school must provide a “management plan and education” for the player.

In addition, and perhaps more importantly, student-athletes who are part of the NCAA would no longer automatically lose their eligibility to play following a positive marijuana test under rules that are being recommended by a key committee, according to the statement, reported by Saturday Tradition.

If the student-athlete continues to follow the plan and is in compliance, they may test positive two more times without repercussions of lost eligibility. If the student-athlete is not in compliance and tests positive, a consequence of lost eligibility for a portion of the season is possible.

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How to make your weed taste better

 

While there are many ways you can enhance the taste and flavor of your weed, there are some things that you should avoid.

 

 

Sometimes, cannabis just doesn’t taste great.

Maybe you don’t have access to top shelf product, find it too expensive, or are trying to grow your own and still haven’t figured out how to improve taste and flavor. Or perhaps you’ve already got delicious bud but want to experiment with flavor enhancing tips and tricks. No matter what your reason is, there’s a handful of effective ways you can improve the flavor and taste of cannabis.

Making Your Pot Taste Better 

After cannabis has been harvested, there’s still a couple of things you can do to improve its taste. (You’ll need an air-tight glass jar such as a mason jar to carry out some of these tips.)

Food-grade essential oils: If you want to try using essential oils, be sure that you are using only high-quality essential oils or food-grade essential oils that were made to be consumed by humans. Others are only meant to be diluted or applied topically. When it comes to flavor, look for lemon, peppermint, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, or orange.

With a quality essential oil, you can place a few drops on a cotton ball then stick it on the lid of the jar. Place your stalks in the jar and leave it there for a few hours, ensuring that the ball will not touch the flower at all. Check the jar occasionally for signs of condensation or moisture since this can cause the bud to rot, though it is best practice to also air the jar once in a while during this process to reduce the risk of mold.

Food extracts: Convenience stores will usually already carry some type of food-grade extracts, which are a great and inexpensive way to make your weed taste better. Vanilla extract is one of the most popular and widely used extracts out there, though you can also try strawberry, rum, and almond extracts.Alcohol: If you have a favorite alcoholic beverage, perhaps a great-tasting whiskey or wine, you can also try to imitate its flavor in your bud. Soak up a cotton ball with your favorite drink and then stick it to the cover of a mason jar for a few hours.Fruit peels: For those who want to infuse pot with a taste of fruits or spices, the good news is that it’s so easy to do. Lemon, orange, or grapefruit rinds can lend a delicious flavor to cannabis when you smoke it, but it’s best to dehydrate the peels first. Doing so would reduce the risk for the growth of mold.Other dehydrated aromatics: There are a variety of other dried aromatics you can add to the jar, such as flower petals, dried spices including cloves, cinnamon, and rosemary. The best way to do this is to fill the loose material into an unused tea bag that has been emptied out of its contents. This way, the flavorings and the cannabis are separated.Flavored drops: If your favorite neighborhood dispensary sells flavored drops, go check them out. These drops were formulated specifically to add a great flavor and taste to cannabis when smoked. Just add a few drops either to the rolling paper or directly to the cannabis. There are so many delicious options out there including blueberry, chocolate, cinnamons sugar, and so much more. This is the easiest way to add flavor!Tea leaves: Tea lovers, rejoice! You can infuse cannabis with the flavor of your favorite teas. Make a tea joint by emptying out a tea bag and putting some of them into your joint or bowl. Tea leaves are a fantastic flavoring alternative since the tea leaves are usually uniformly cut, so it will burn at around the same time your weed does.

However, keep in mind when experimenting with flavorings on cannabis that various strains will have a different absorption rate for these enhancers. We recommend experimenting with small amounts first until the outcomes are more predictable and easier for you.

What To Avoid

While there are many ways you can enhance the taste and flavor of your cannabis, there are some things that you should avoid, such as using sugary ingredients. Sugar is not an ideal companion for anything smokeable including pot. So stay away from flavorings that have a lot of it. Not only does it smell bad, but sugar burns extremely easily. Other sugary ingredients to avoid include molasses, soda, maple syrup, and honey.

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9 pros and cons of weed subscription boxes

Because we can buy cannabis paraphernalia from the internet very quickly, people are wondering if smoking subscription boxes are a worthwhile investment.

Smoking cannabis has recently become one of the most popular hobbies in many states. Like any hobby, equipment and accessories are necessary to enjoy cannabis use thoroughly.

This is particularly true if one wants to smoke cannabis outdoors, at a friend’s house, or even on the go. Unfortunately, as the industry is still growing, obtaining cannabis paraphernalia can be a hassle, and that’s precisely why there’s such a thing called smoking subscription boxes.

 

What Are Smoking Subscription Boxes? 

Smoking subscription boxes, or stoner boxes for short, are packages that consist of various smoking supplies. These may range from disposable rolling papers and snacks, to expensive, high-quality equipment like bongs and grinders. As you might imagine, the idea of receiving everything you need in one delivery seems very convenient and hassle-free, and indeed it is.

However, convenience is not the only advantage of smoking subscription boxes. The following are some other benefits of opting for stoner boxes over buying smoking supplies individually:

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Tennessee’s first-ever cannabis bar and restaurant will open this spring

Buds & Brews will open this spring with legal THC-infused condiments, cocktails, and desserts

Nashville is preparing to open its first cannabis restaurant in Germantown this spring. According to the Nashville Business Journal, Music City-based seed-to-shelf Craft Cannabis company is set to open Buds & Brews at 1246 3rd Avenue in North Germantown. Expected to open in late April or early May, Buds & Brews is the first business of its kind in Tennessee, but owner Michael Solomon said he certainly does not think it will be the last.

The menu at Buds & Brews will pair elevated American dishes with legal, hemp-derived THC-infused condiments from Craft Cannabis, plus ample televisions for game day. The 21-and-older restaurant and bar’s kitchen will be led by chef Sam McGee — a name recognizable from Nashville staples Urban Grub and 5th & Taylor. Of note, the dishes here won’t be infused THC, just the sauces, which will come with dosing spoons. Buds & Brews also plans to sell edible dessert options plus drinks infused with hemp-derived THC. All items sold will be only allowed for restaurant consumption and not sold for outside use.

Craft Cannabis has nine retail locations in Middle Tennesse under its brand The Holistic Connection. Solomon launched the cannabis brand in 2019 after spending a decade learning about legal cannabis and becoming a licensed medical cannabis grower in California. Now back in Nashville since the Farm Bill passed back in 2018, Solomon’s plants are all grown and extracted under one roof. The Farm Bill legalized cannabis with 0.3 percent of THC or less, and since then, the cannabis industry has grown exponentially in Tennessee.

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Are CBD oil benefits too good to be true?

It has been met with scepticism, and rightfully so, but as time has moved on, it might be time to reconsider the benefits of CBD oil...

It’s only been a few years since CBD became a household name. At the time, it faced three significant obstacles. The first was scepticism, and rightfully so. Many supplement vendors and enthusiasts made several health claims before preliminary research had a chance to address them. Complicating matters was the lack of quality control, which fortunately improved as companies became more competitive.

CBD’s second barrier was its stigma. CBD comes from the cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa L.), often used interchangeably with “marijuana” (cannabis exceeding 0.3% THC). But with cannabidiol reaching mainstream use, most people now understand that “hemp” CBD (cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) isn’t intoxicating.

Finally, there was——and still is——a regulatory concern. While some states, like New York, will regulate the hemp CBD industry following legalisation, these supplements are still unregulated at a federal level. Consequently, the medical and scientific communities are hesitant to give CBD its due credit.

So are CBD oil benefits too good to be true, or are the naysayers right? The simple answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ Let’s see what the long answer tells us.

Proven CBD Benefits

In most cases, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frowns on CBD supplements. However, they broke new ground in 2018 when they approved Epidiolex – the first prescription CBD drug.

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Top 10 reasons to start eating nutritious superfood hemp today

Planet Based Foods highlights why this sustainable, nutrient-rich, superfood is gaining popularity and popping up on restaurant menus

As more people warm up to the idea of a plant-based diet, this plant is not only good for you, it’s also good for the planet. Packed with nutrients and easily harvested, hemp is poised to become a meal-time game changer.

So why make hemp part of your diet?
1.    Hemp seeds contain heart healthy omega-3s and omega-6
2.    High in protein
3.    High in fiber
4.    Rich in phytonutrients
5.    Gluten free, soy free and easily digestible
6.    Contains more essential fatty acids than flax or any other nut or seed oil
7.    Contains essential Amino Acids
8.    Hemp replenishes the soil with more nutrients than it takes to grow
9.    Hemp plants are naturally pest-resistant so there’s no need for pesticides or herbicides
10.    Hemp plants mature within months and can produce crops year after year

Since 2019, Planet Based Foods, has been focused on transforming hemp protein into plant-based meat. The company recently announced the US debut of the first plant-based meat featuring hemp as the primary ingredient.

“Our mission at Planet Based Foods is to educate the world about the incredible potential hemp has as a food source. It’s an untapped natural resource that delivers unmatched nutrition,” said Braelyn Davis, CEO and co-founder of Planet Based Foods.

“Many meat alternatives on the market are high in sodium, saturated fats and are highly processed negating their nutritional value. We’re different. Planet Based Foods offers unmatched nutrition that’s as delicious as it is healthy.”

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A tribe in Maine is using hemp to remove 'forever chemicals' from the soil

Can it work for PFAS-contaminated farms?

The pair was hardly dressed like typical farmers, but this was no typical farm. Sporting white hazmat suits and respirators, Chelli Stanley and Richard Silliboy lugged 5-gallon jugs of water toward bushy plots of hemp, each 30-by-30-foot patch a stark sign of order in the otherwise overgrown field. It was a warm September day in Limestone, a small town on the edge of the Maine-Canada border, and the pair struggled to breathe in the head-to-toe protective gear. Stanley, a founder of the environmental organization Upland Grassroots, recalls telling Silliboy, vice chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmac Nation, “This will be worth it someday.”

For Stanley and Silliboy, the focus was not so much the hemp they were growing as what it was doing. Their farm, once part of the Loring Air Force Base, is also a Superfund site — an area so polluted it’s marked high-priority for federal cleanup. Later, when the Aroostook Band of Micmacs took over the site’s ownership, they found its soil was rife with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, cancer-causing compounds that are so difficult to break down they’re commonly known as “forever chemicals.” 

Because of their ability to bind to proteins, PFAS tend to bioaccumulate — building up in soil, water, and even human bodies. Under typical environmental conditions, they can persist for hundreds, even thousands of years. But there is hope at Loring: In 2020, researchers discovered that the Micmacs’ hemp plants were successfully sucking PFAS out of the contaminated soil. This practice, known as phytoremediation, could guide farmers across the country who have had to shut down after discovering their soil is tainted with the ubiquitous class of chemicals. 

Sara Nason, one of the project’s lead researchers from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, called their results “conservatively promising.” Other researchers see the potential too. David Huff, a senior scientist at the environmental consulting firm Nutter & Associates Inc., said, “At the end of the day, the data support phytoremediation as a viable approach and definitely established proof of concept.”

PFAS were once considered to be human-made miracle compounds. Due to their oil- and water-repelling properties, they were long used in all kinds of products from firefighting foam to stain-resistant carpets to nonstick pans. They’ve been linked to a host of health problems, including kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, and suppressed immunity. 

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Top 5 workouts to pair with weed

If you’re someone who enjoys getting high, but can’t seem to find the ambition to start a workout routine, perhaps it’s time to try one of these popular exercises proven to pair perfectly with a little pot.

As marijuana stigmas slowly fall away, the act of lighting up a joint or popping an edible is becoming as acceptable as opening a bottle of wine. Getting stoned is now an after-work nightcap equivalent, and “high” is the preferred mental state for many travelers. You might even have noticed that THC is becoming infused into some of America’s favorite workouts.

Colorado University recently published a study in which “results indicated that the majority (81.7%) of participants endorsed using cannabis concurrently with exercise.” That number is very telling, even for a state that has legalized recreational marijuana and has a thriving cannabis industry.

The same study went on to state that “approximately half reported that it increases their motivation to exercise.” So, if you’re someone who enjoys getting high but can’t seem to find the ambition to start a workout routine, perhaps it is time to try one of these five popular exercises that are proven to pair perfectly with a little pot.

 

Yoga

Yoga and marijuana have been friends for a long time. Many yoga practitioners speak to the mellowing qualities of THC and how they can greatly enhance a guided yoga practice. 

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There’s Never Been A Better Time To Be An Edibles Chef

As edibles continue to grow in popularity and more states legalize recreational weed, the need for quality culinary cannabis professionals will grow as well.

It’s safe to say the cannabis culinary palate has moved beyond brownies. In fact, the flavors and cuisine involving marijuana has become so exciting that several talented chefs have packed up their knives and left jobs at Michelin starred restaurants to pursue a life in culinary cannabis.

Accordingn to CNBC, edibles chefs normally make between $50,000 to $100,000 per year, depending on the experience level and job requirements. This salary range is similar to that of a restaurant chef. But unlike typical restaurants, which have faced a plethora of difficulties and red tape throughout the pandemic, the life of a cannabis chef seems to be infused with more opportunity every day.

In 2021, the documented legal sale of edibles continued to skyrocket, reaching almost $3.6 billion. This growth is expected to continue. “Sales of food and beverages infused with cannabis are expected to increase to an estimated 8.24 billion U.S. dollars by 2025,” according to  Statista. 

The market has grown so much that even higher education has grown hip to the developing need for cannabis chefs in the workforce. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) now offers a certificate that culinary students can earn in order to make them proficient in cooking with cannabis. 

The “Specialized Certificate of Culinary Cannabis and Edibles” was created to prove that the chef possesses the “proficiency on the skills, knowledge and competencies for safely handling culinary cannabis and edibles,” according to the American Culinary Federation. 

One of the biggest names in culinary cannabis right now is Andrea Drummer. This LA based chef is making waves and headlines with America’s first legal cannabis restaurant, Original Cannabis Cafe. This popular West Hollywood eatery “represents the first of what many potential legal cannabis cafes and lounges around the country could look like,” according to Food & Wine.

There is also great “side hustle” potential for cannabis chefs that can grow into blossoming businesses. The cannabis culinary world is churning out everything from private dinners to cannabis cookbooks, and the masses are biting.

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Pocket-Sized, Potent Cannabis Beverage Drink Loud Launches in California

 

Cannabis beverage Drink Loud has launched its tiny-but-mighty cannabis potion into dispensaries throughout California. Made with 100 milligrams of cannabis packed into a 1.8 ounce bottle using proprietary nanotechnology,  Drink Loud is both the smallest and most potent cannabis beverage for a fun, discreet, affordable and fast-acting uplift.

Manufactured and distributed by Rove Brands, Drink Loud is shelf-stable and candy-flavored, available in four tropical flavors: Chill; Kush Berry, Spark; Cucumber Haze, Maui Blast; Pina Colada and Cruise; and Pink Lemonade. Its pocket size, nano-fast onset and high potency, makes Drink Loud potions more like a liquid vape than a traditional cannabis beverage.

Meant to be enjoyed like a 420-take on five-hour energy, or stirred into a canna-cocktail, the range of personalization is nearly limitless. While best served cold, refrigeration is never required, even after opening. When sipping, product onset takes as little as five minutes to set in, or up to 30 on a full stomach. Drink Loud’s juicy-candy flavor means they are equally as delicious enjoyed as a shot, stirred into a slushy or sipped slowly at your favorite music festival. All potion flavors are vegan, gluten-free, contain no GMOs and are sweetened with a combination of sugar and xylitol.

Led by CEO and president Paul Jacobson, Rove manufactures Drink Loud as well as all of its award-winning vapes, flower and tinctures in-house. Always optimizing for quality, Rove has developed a new, proprietary nanotechnology and emulsification process for Drink Loud that ensures no bitter taste and a fast-acting onset of THC that can take as little as five minutes. Drink Loud’s flavors and terpene blends are developed by an in-house chef whose background in restaurants and cannabis food pairing complement Rove’s nanotech for a beverage that’s uniquely functional and delicious.

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Missouri Introduces Recreational Cannabis Legalization Measure

Missouri is trying to introduce legal cannabis. It remains to be seen if it will pass or remain unattainable for the state.

A Missouri lawmaker introduced a comprehensive bill to legalize recreational cannabis on Tuesday. The measure, titled the Cannabis Freedom Act (HB 2704), was introduced in the Missouri House of Representatives by Representative Ron Hicks, a Republican from St. Charles.

If passed, the bill would legalize cannabis for adult-use, regulate recreational cannabis commerce and expunge convictions for past cannabis-related offenses. In a statement, Hicks acknowledged the assistance from interested parties and an Oklahoma colleague in drafting the legislation.

“The Cannabis Freedom Act is the product of input from many different stakeholders including members of law enforcement and those who have endured incarceration for conduct that society now deems acceptable,” Hicks said. “I am particularly grateful for input from Oklahoma State Representative Scott Fetgatter for his assistance in creating a free market program that is also strictly regulated.”

Bill Legalizes Recreational Cannabis Possession and Sales

Under the bill, adults 21 and older would be permitted to purchase and use recreational cannabis. Adults would be also be allowed to grow up to 12 cannabis plants at home for personal use.

The bill tasks the Missouri Department of Agriculture with regulating the recreational cannabis program. The department would draft the rules for the program and issue licenses for cannabis producers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, without caps on the number of licenses that could be issued to qualified cannabis businesses.

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5 Marijuana Hacks To Make The Most Of Your Experience

Want to make the most of your weed? Here’s how compact discs, honey, pennies, and other common objects can help.

By the time you’ve become a seasoned marijuana consumer, you’ll likely learn all of the little tricks you need to help make the most of your weed. From extending the life of your stash, grinding your own flower when you’re in a pinch, and enhancing your experience in general, here are some hacks that will improve your smoking significantly.

 Mints

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When the munchies strike, there’s very little you can do except indulge. Seasoned cannabis users usually learn to curb their urges, but for newcomers, mints are a good option. Mints can help you focus on something else, distracting you from the urge of eating food. Just like people who stop smoking tend to chew gum, mints can help keep your mind off blowing your diet.

 

A Penny

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While you should always invest in a grinder, there are ways of cutting your marijuana neatly and evenly when in a bind. Take a penny and clean it thoroughly, then put your marijuana in a pillbox, drop the penny inside, close it up, and shake. Keep on shaking. After a vigorous workout, you’ll be left with some evenly cut marijuana.

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Kentucky Bill Proposing To Ban Delta-8 Products Could Cost The State Billions Of Dollars

The Kentucky legislature is seeking to ban all forms of "intoxicating products" made from industrial hemp, such as delta-8 THC, a form of THC distinguished from the more common delta-9 THC found in cannabis plants, Hemp Today writes. (article originally appeared on Benzinga)

According to a bill proposed this week, smokable hemp would also be prohibited by the law – in the form of cigarettes or cigars – as well as smokeless products including chew or dip, whole hemp buds, hemp teas and ground hemp flowers and leaves.

The legislation, which expands existing language in the state's law, is also designed to outlaw other hemp-derived minor cannabinoids like delta-10 THC, THC-O, and THC-P,  as per an unofficial copy of the proposal.

While hemp stakeholders in the Bluegrass State have been interpreting the 2018 Farm Bill to their favor claiming that delta-8 THC is legal under the legislation's provisions, regulators have pushed back, emphasizing that the compound is not naturally derived from the hemp plant.

The Kentucky Hemp Association highlighted that a ban on delta-8 THC would result in the loss of potentially billions of dollars by Kentucky's cannabis economy, including growers, producers and retail operators.

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Synthetic THC from hemp may soon compete with marijuana in Michigan

There’s a process that turns extracted hemp concentrate that doesn’t get you high into synthetic concentrate that does, similar to THC naturally produced by marijuana.

The Marijuana Regulatory agency (MRA), soon to be renamed the Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Feb. 11 executive order that takes effect April 13, will assume oversight of processing, distribution, licensing, safety compliance and sales of hemp, currently regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).
 
Hemp growers may be allowed to sell to marijuana processors, who could then synthesize it to THC for use in edibles, vaping cartridges, tinctures or other products already being sold in the licensed marijuana market, based on draft rules proposed by the MRA on Jan. 27.
 
The changes present new market opportunities for hemp farmers but also new competition for growers in the state’s existing marijuana industry. The rules require any new products being sold using synthesized THC to be clearly labeled as such.
 
The Marijuana Regulatory Agency is holding a public comment session on proposed rules to increase its oversight at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 at its offices located at 2407 North Grand River Avenue in Lansing. The meeting will also be broadcast online using Zoom at this link with the passcode: “100616.” Public comment during the meeting is restricted to in-person attendees, but the MRA is accepting written comments sent by email to MRA-legal@michigan.gov until 5 p.m. on Feb. 16.
 
Whitmer’s executive order already transfers MDARD’s oversight of hemp processors to the MRA, now tasked with creating the administrative rules that guide them. MDARD will continue to oversee licensing for hemp farming.
 
Howell-based marijuana attorney Denise Pollicella said the proposed rules, combined with currently easy-to-obtain, “cheap” hemp farming licenses, will cause hemp to proliferate across the state.
 
“Michigan’s municipalities will be covered in fields of hemp that looks and smells exactly like marijuana,” Pollicella said.
 
It currently costs $100 for an annual hemp farming license and $1,350 for hemp processing license. In comparison, Michigan marijuana grow facilities pay $6,000 for application processing and up to $40,000 in annual license fees. Those same fees are paid by licensed marijuana processors.
 
The 2014 U.S. Farm Bill authorized state departments of agriculture to implement agricultural pilot programs for hemp, which Michigan did in 2019. There were 631 state-registered hemp growers and 517 hemp processors in 2020, according to the 2020 pilot program report. So far this year, MDARD has issued 175 grow licenses and 297 processing and handling licenses.
 
Also giving hemp a competitive edge over Michigan grown marijuana: it can be imported, according to the proposed rules.
 
If implemented, the rules will “induce a huge amount of hemp importation from all over the country into Michigan, which will drop the price of marijuana and hemp down to almost nothing,” Pollicella said. “The profit margins on marijuana products will be so low that this will, in turn drive the dispensaries out of business.”
 
Hemp and marijuana are the same plant: cannabis. Except, the government defines hemp as cannabis with less then .3% THC, the psychoactive compound produced in marijuana at much higher levels.
 
Hemp has traditionally been grown for its cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, an extract that can be added to oils, lotions, food and drink, used as a natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, depression and pain; but also for use as a livestock feed grain, textiles, an alternative to plastics and even building materials, said David Crabill, president of the hemp farming trade group iHemp Michigan and a hemp farmer himself.
 
In recent years, hemp conversion to synthetic THC has increased in popularity, including to what’s known as delta-8 THC. Delta-8 THC induces similar effects to delta-9 THC that is produced by marijuana, the compound that induces the high, and was unregulated in Michigan until a package of bills were signed into law last July, granting the MRA regulatory powers.
 
“The Department of Agriculture really doesn’t have the resources to do the compliance on the consumable (hemp) products, was the biggest issue,” Crabill said. “And (the MRA) is better suited to do that kind of compliance because they’re already doing it for marijuana.”
 
Crabill said he interprets the proposed rules to mean that CBD, which hasn’t previously been regulated by the MRA, may now come under the agency’s control.
 
Crabill said there is likely going to be a tradeoff for the new market opportunities within the existing marijuana market in the form of higher regulatory fees for hemp farmers.
 
“We haven’t had a market,” he said. “Well, now we have a market if we can sell to marijuana businesses I’m sure we’re going to see movement in the licensing fees because some of these large outdoor grows for marijuana, they’re not going to be sustainable at their current expense level.
 
“They’re not going to be able to compete with hemp, so I can just see the state going after the hemp growers for more money.”
 
Crabill, who identified himself as a “free-market guy,” said it’s just important that any fees imposed on Michigan hemp farmers are in line with other states.
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Studying the impacts of combining cannabis and exercise

University of Colorado Boulder launched SPACE, the Study on Physical Activity and Cannabis Effects.

DENVER — The steps to finding balance in life can be found in the rhythmic cadence of a long run for people across Colorado. For Josiah Hesse, he prefers it in a truly Colorado way.

"I never run without cannabis," Hesse said.

Hesse runs routinely in and around Cheesman Park in Denver. But, he said running never used to be a part of his life.

"I couldn't imagine running a mile 10 years ago," Hesse said. "I was drinking too much. I was using cocaine. I was chain smoking cigarettes and I was eating bad food."

He decided to start running because Hesse said he was struggling in life.

"I read that it was helpful with depression and anxiety," Hesse said.

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